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early to give you the latest and help you get through it. >> mobile6 is out on the roads showing you the side streets and the highways kind of look the same. they're still snow covered and the plows need to do some work. >> let's get you the latest from your accuweather team as we take a live look. storm tracker 6 still showing that snow is right over us as it moves towards the east and we want to tell you about school closings. >> philadelphia schools archdiocesan and public are opening on time but that could change because it's still kind of early. sometimes they don't make the call until later. we'll let you know if that changes. a lot of suburban schools are on delays or closing. the list is on 6abc.com or scrolling on your screen. >> let's go to the people with the best information. we'll go to david he's got accuweather and karen is taking a look at the roads. good morning. >> good morning and right now at the 4:30 hour it's not great driving-wise out there as we do have some heavy bands of snow right over the central portion of the region extending up into bucks or montgomery county. we're seeing it thin out a bit
towards lehigh valley and reading and towards harrisburg and getty burst. later this morning we'll see that thinning line move closer to philadelphia. for that now south jersey and delaware also under the heavy snow and we are piling this up and we do have snow covered roads everywhere. after about 7 or 8 o'clock we think the intensity of the snow in and around 95 will probably die down. might take later in the rush hour or later this morning for it to taper down over by the shore. but even after the snow begins to diminish a little bit you still have to give the plow trucks time to get out there and improve things. technically we still have a winter storm warning through south jersey and delaware until noon today. the advisory is posted until noon for now as well. that may drop off a little bit sooner depending on how quickly things improve but across these counties highlighted here you have snow covered roads this morning and slow going. for the morning rush i would expect things to stay fairly slow with the heavy snow having fallen overnight and continuing to come down in some areas. i think it will continue south and east of i-95 a little longer than the i-95 corridor itself and we already have
several inches on the ground and that's what you're going the find when you get out there. temperatures are also cold. 14 degrees right now in the city. 12 in allentown, 13 in wilmington, 13 in millville. so bundle up. the winds oh, a little bit of a factor dropping down out of the northeast and that's giving you a wind chill of four, that's what it feels like so bundle up when you head out. as we roll through the day things improve a little bit but snow dies down later this morning. the last of the snow showers should be done by noon and probably finishing before then. and then 30 degrees is your high at 3 o'clock. karen, what are the roads looking like early on? >> the main roads are just as slippery as the secondary roads in a lot of areas. you need to give yourself a lot of extra time. we've had a handful of accidents. looking live on the roosevelt boulevard this is southbound here approaching ridge and we've got an accident blocking the left lane and off to the right shoulder. still a number of emergency workers dealing with this accident scene so you need to be careful when you're suddenly stopping because you see an accident that you're not causing yet a secondary accident here so travel slowly here on the boulevard. let's look live at i-95. this is southbound traffic
approaching cottman. light snowfall, fluffy, still coming down and laying and sticking on the roadways at this point. you can see very few cars out there and i think that's what's helping things in this area. we had an accident a jackknifed tractor-trailer northbound near the walt whitman bridge on i-95. that has since cleared. we're seeing traffic here move very nicely because of it's so quiet out there with so many people not out on the roads so giving people time to kind of do their job. this is the schuylkill expressway approaching the blue route, kind of lard to see but off in the distance we have an eastbound accident on the schuylkill here approaching the blue route so be careful about that. traffic is squeezing by. you can kind of see the road conditions here. we see just a little bit of the road but certainly we're seeing snow covered roads in most of the area and certainly the snow on the sides of the roads as well. we have a problem in conshohocken with the ramp to the blue route northbound to the schuylkill shut down because of an accident there as well. let's look in new jersey where we expect more snow. you can see the snowplows the trains coming through right now. give them a lot of extra time to do their job. the roads here on 42 snow covered. we do have 45 miles an hour
speed restrictions in pennsylvania on your area highways as well as speed restrictions on the new jersey turnpike, matt and tam. >> thank you karen. our storm average continues down the shore. let's go over to "action news" reporter annie mccormick live in mays landing atlantic county. how's it looking there annie? >> reporter: hey tam looking good. a train of plows just driving by honking to us saying hello this morning as they're heading tout work. i want to show you something. this is how much snowfall has happened since 4:15. that's when i laid down the "action news" ruler. you can see there already this is how much that has fallen here in mays landing atlantic county. it starter around 11 o'clock last night. i'm told by people that it was white and fluffy at that point. , see that it is a fluffy kind of packable snow. at this point we're seeing an icy wintry mix. this is video of snowplows and salt trucks we saw coming through down the black horse pike early this morning trying to lay down some salt, get some traction there. many of
these roadways pretreater. you hear karen talk about how those speed restrictions on a lot of the major roadways but you might want to impose your own speed restrictions as you're heading down just because at this point early in the morning a lot of those plow trucks are still trying to keep up with the snowfall. area car dealerships definitely seeing a lot of snowfall there. going to have a lot of work to do when they get in today. we caught up with some people who have been out since early hours overnight and here is what they saw as far as driving conditions so far. >> does it seem like there was traction. >> not a whole lot right now but they're out there working. they just seem like they're just getting started now at least down this end. nothing down the then we came from. >> reporter: and it's pretty, don't you think? >> if you like white, yes but if you got to work in it, it's not so nice. >> reporter: and back out here live so far we're seeing probably about 3-inches, maybe more in this area of mays landing atlantic county.
you can see some cars, some commuter traffic report starting to pick up here on the black horse pike. we're starting to see more cars rather than just plows and salt trucks coming through here. but again, like you said, you want to impose some of your own speed restrictions out here because it's still icy still hard to get around and this snowfall is still falling and so this is also going to affect your visibility as you're driving in to work. for now reporting live in mays landing atlantic county annie mccormick channel6 "action news." >> let's head out on mobile6 and show you what's going on in the city of philadelphia. we're traveling on north broad street. doesn't look like the snow is coming down as heavily as it is in new jersey where annie is. but you see it's still leaving some remnants there on the roadways. the plows and the salt trucks still have some work to do and if you see one keep your distance because you want to let them do their work and be safe about it, too. and then there are the hills of roxborough, which are always very treacherous especially when the snow comes down. "action news" reporter erin o'hearn is live in that section of philadelphia with a
report for us now. good morning erin. >> reporter: good morning and hills and twists and turns not fun in the morning like this but it probably looks a little different here in roxborough than it does in mays landing where annie was. if you look at the stop lights up there and you can see from the fifth district police building, the lights coming down the snowflakes have actually gotten smaller and it has let up over the last half hour or so. but we really can't be fooled by that because that's the pattern we saw a few hours ago. it seemed to let up and then all of a sudden you have this heavy band come through again. and if you take a look over at the wawa, there are a line of plow trucks there gassing up, ready for what is likely to be a long morning as they try to clear the snow covered roads for the morning commute. and they are they aren't only snow covered but as we hear the few cars that are passing bypass us, you can actually hear that crunching sound because, again it has been brutally cold the last few days so drivers are also dealing with the ice on the roads. now, the plows, we haven't
seen a lot of them until just recently because if you take a look mark if you can pan down, it's that light and fluffy snow you kind of just scoop up and you can push to the side. some of these crews are telling us that they're waiting for some accumulation and then they can get out there and just move it off to the side but we which willy did catch up with one resident who is from kensington and he said quite a bit of -- he has done quite a bit of traveling for the morning hours and he gave us a update on the road conditions. take a listen. >> it's pretty slick. i don't see any of the roads touched yet so -- >> reporter: what would you advice be to people heading outer early this morning. >> just be safe, just be careful, take your time. >> reporter: and we have a good citizen out here looking live scraping the sidewalks for any pedestrians who may be making the trek to work or school this morning. and again, we are starting to see the volume pick up on some of these snow covered roads in roxborough but our advice is, and will continue to be all morning, to give yourself
plenty of time as you head out on the roads this morning because you are dealing with some accumulation and some ice. so, please allow those crews to do their work and to allow yourself plenty of time to get safe to wherever you may be going. and we'll give you an update in another half hour but for now we're live in roxborough, erin o'hearn channel6 "action news." back to you guys. >> erin thanks so much. breaking news right now. people have been asking about philadelphia public schools. we have just learned that they will be opening on a two hour delay. usually the archdiocesan schools follow but we have not heard from them just yet so right now we're just saying philadelphia public schools will be opening on a a two hour delay. lots of others doing the same thing. it's all on 6abc.com. >> david that sounds pretty smart because it says give it until the morning commute for it to pull away. >> i think that's the perfect solution. i'll show you something that's changed a little bit with the advisories and the warnings in a second that will kind of back that you idea. for now we have storm tracker 6 live double scan. at this early hour there is still a lot of snow across the
central portion of the region down toward cape may. thinning out a little bit in the western suburbs but those most heavily traveled highways, the blue route, the pennsylvania turnpike, the schuylkill expressway, i-95, 295, the new jersey turnpike and the top of the a.c. expressway as well as route 55, all of these areas still encountering some very steady snowfall and we do have snow covered roads across this entire area. we'll go out and look where it's improving though and out in the farther north and west you go from philadelphia in through honeybrook and western chester county and pottstown green lane and northern midatlanticky montgomery county and quakertown you can see how the snow is not quite as bright white and we have some breaks for example over the airport just north of reading and so the snow is beginning to thin out out here. that doesn't mean that it's instantly okay to run out on the roads as we'll still need the plow trucks to take their time and maybe take another couple of hours to get across those roads and improve the situation. down south in south jersey you'll have to wait longer for that improvement as you not only have to get out from under the snow that's
currently overhead but this other heavier band up by philadelphia still has to make its way through as well. i do think that during the morning rush hour we'll see the intensity of the snow diminish and things will get gradually better. take a quick look outside and there you see i-95 and still poor visibility as we try and take a look over toward the ben franklin bridge because that snow is still actively falling and of course it's slow going not only on the side streets but also on 95. cars just creeping along the highway right now. couple of issues i want to cover. first of all, we still have the winter storm warning across most of the region and they've actually extending its warning up through philadelphia because it now looks like in some cases in through here we will get up above 5-inches of snow and the advisory is still in effect in the northern and western areas like northern bucks, mourn montgomery, northwestern chester county, berks county and lancaster county but the out time has been adjusted just over the last hour or so as the weather service now feels all of this will improve by 10 o'clock earlier the out time was at noon and again
this backs that you idea that this is going to be over sooner than later today. also i want to take you to the airport. while we are experiencing no major delays on any of our major airport boards, that's partly because the flights haven't really started getting going at this early hour and matt o'donnell has been keeping track of this and does note there are about 50 cancellations at philadelphia international airport this morning and even more of those up at newark which is a connecting city for us. so definitely check with your airline if you have plans to fly today just in case there's a cancellation or a delay. the wide view on satellite and radar shows you that the bulk of this snow did come in around 11:00 or 12:00 last night. some lighter stuff before then but the overnight hours have been the heaviest. the bulk of the storm is down to our south and we are very quickly getting on the other side of that over the next several hours we'll see some improvement in terms of the active snow. the latest run on future tracker 6 between now up until about 7 o'clock does show that by 7:00, the heaviest snow will probably be getting ready to push to the east of philadelphia. you'll still be dealing with
it down the shore and between 7:00 8:00, ooh 9:00 you'll see improvement. what to expect then? slippery roads today. especially this morning. white fluffy snow, though so after the snow dies down you want to go out there and shovel it, you can do that because it's going to be fairly easy to shovel that light fluffy snow. it's not all that great for snow men but looks like our kids are going to school anyway right. your exclusive seven day morning snow giving way to late morning drying and then some afternoon sunshine is possible and a high of 30. 32 tomorrow, another round of snow showers possible in the afternoon and evening. don't think that's going to be a big deal but something that might affect the evening commute and then another shot of arctic air comes in thursday and friday we're going for highs of 19. single digit lows. in fact, the morning wakeup temperature in philadelphia on friday of about 1 degree. and then a snow shower moving in again on saturday afternoon, although that does look like it's going to encounter warm air overnight
and into sunday and by sunday we'll be looking at mainly rain. >> warm air sounds so good. >> a high of 44, too. >> the snow doesn't seem so bad. >> right. >> all right, well, let's take you will back out on the roads and take a live look. this is millville cumberland county where you can see the snow continues to come down. that's right in that region where it could be three to six, it could be six six to nine. we're waiting to see but what we do know is a lot of the schools around the region are at least opening on a delay. some of them are closed. keep a look at the bottom of your screen. that full list is there at 6abc.com. we'll be right back to continue your full -- and actually let's go to karen to take a look at your roads. >> you saw to the south where that snow is looking heavier. looking live on the schuylkill approaching the boulevard the snow is lighter here but nonetheless the schuylkill is snow covered at this point. when we come back we'll check on the accident on the boulevard and problems with mass transit. don't go away. "action news" will be right back. >> ♪♪
>> welcome back. we had just told that you philadelphia schools are opening on a two hour delay. now just getting in that the archdiocesan schools will be doing the same as well. opening on a two hour delay. keep a look at the bottom of your screen. we've got the list running there or you can get it at 6abc.com. >> let's talk to someone on the phones very important
person brad rudolph with penndot joining us live. brad, just give us an idea of where you're at when you're trying to get these roads cleared 'cause clearly they're not yet and the snow is still coming down. >> well, temperatures being as cold as they are and accumulations starting to pick up, our plows are -- they're working in a plowing storm. we have a full compliment of vehicles out this morning, 444 in the five county region. association the roads aren't completely free of snow but they are passible. we have speed restrictions in place on interstates major highways. people are going to want to watch their speeds this morning. if you can delay your plans, please do so. the storm is obviously starting to move out so, you know, if you leave later in the morning our crews will have a better handle on it and get another chance to clear the roads. >> we're always telling people that they should leave a certain amount of space between themselves and your trucks. what is your best advice, if you see one ahead of you, two car lengths? three car lengths? what do you want to leave so they can to the best
job. >> six would be ideal. you certainly don't want to pass a plow train, you don't want to pass a plow and if you see them coming towards you you want to stay, you know, as far away from the center line as possible. it's very important since their blades are wider than their vehicles, it's important to give them as much space as possible. and other motorists as well. increase your following distance and don't travel too close to anybody and of course watch your speeds. >> okay, brad rudolph from penndot thanks so much. thanks to your men and women out there with the snowplows and stuff,, too because they're doing some work so that we can be safe. let's go to karen rogers for a look at the roads right now. good morning, karen. >> you heard brad say give it some more time, if you can for your morning commute. this isn't a day to head out early even though we have light volume out there. conditions are worse right now and as we watch the morning progress by the late hours in your commute hours we'll be looking a little bit better so now we're looking live on the boulevard approaching ridge avenue. that southbound traffic right there and you can see we've got an accident, the left lane
blocked as well as the right shoulder so difficult there on the boulevard southbound approaching ridge avenue. this has been out here a little bit. still seeing emergency workers out there right now. we do have more accidents coming in to us through the area here. this is before we get a lot of volume on the roads. so, here we are in hatfield cow path road at gary stein road, a wham water main break in lansdale avoid that area and stick stick to lansdale avenue. back out live this is what it looks like on 422. this is past oaks, eastbound traffic and you can see the road is mostly snow covered and we're watching people travel slowly through this area and you have to because your area highways, all the pennsylvania interstates 45 miles an hour speed restrictions and i think that's a good speed restriction. you really can't go any faster than that. you're going to be doing slipping and sliding. the main roads are slippery just like the secondary roads. they're snow covered. now we switched our camera view. this is exton chester county route 100 at commerce drive. you have kind of see under the street light here how the snow is coming down steadily here
even in chester county. it's very slippery. you have to be especially careful when you're stopping at a light making that turn. that's where most of the people are doing slipping and sliding so be careful right there. this is another live look in delaware county, the blue route at 95, look how slowly everyone is going. hard to see this lane at all. one of those situations you can't tell which lane you're in. we see more traffic there on that right lane so you could see the road a little bit better here but be careful with the snow covered roads through the area. on the commuter traffic report looking in new jersey we are seeing 35 miles an hour speed restrictions in new jersey on the new jersey turnpike, 45 miles an hour speed restrictions in pennsylvania 35 on the turnpike in new jersey. a quick look at storm tracker 6 live double scan showing snow throughout the area. the heaviest at this point in philadelphia and south and east. you can see it lighten up a little as you go to the northwest. be careful as you're headed out. things will be looking better, snow will be winding down starting around 7 o'clock this morning, matt and tam. >> good advice.
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everyone. storm tracker 6 live double scan on the big board showing heavy bands of snow still over the i-95 corridor and east towards the shore we have a brakeup in the northern and western suburbs and during the morning commute that snow will shift toward the east and begin to diminish. a lot of schools delayed but still opened a little bit late. if you're dressing the kids for school bundle them up because it's going to be a cold one today with a high of 30 degrees. we'll be right back with your top stories. >> ♪♪
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>> ♪♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪♪ >> good morning everyone shts 5 o'clock on this tuesday february 17th and here's what's happening. >> accuweather is tracking snow falling right now across our area and how much you're getting depends on where you live. >> still falling in king of prussia where the action cam is live. we'll have live reports throughout the region. >> put the glue guns and paintbrushes away, the philadelphia public and archdiocesan schools are opening though on a two-hour delay. we are running all the other closings and delays at the bottom of your screen. also that full list at 6abc.com. >> storm track and also a look at the roads with david and karen. good morning. >> good morning, everybody. storm tracker 6 live double scan shows us that we continue to see some heavy snow over south jersey delaware and through the i-95 corridor but as we start to step out through the northern and western suburbs you can see less and less snow, a lot of breaks out by